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1911 World Series Culver News Photo - Native Americans Chief Bender and Chief Meyers
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
Original Culver News photograph picturing Native Americans Harry "Chief" Meyers of the New York Giants and Charles "Chief" Bender of the Philadelphia Athletics posing together prior to a 1911 World Series game. This is an extraordinary and rare (possibly unique) photograph with great historic and social significance. Meyers, the Giants' catcher, is seen wearing the team's special black uniform (only worn during the 1911 World Series that season) while Bender, the pitching star of the series, is shown wearing his A's team sweater. Bender won two games in the series, including the eighth and deciding game (one game ended in a tie). Meyers also distinguished himself in the series, batting .357 in twenty-eight at bats. During this era, nearly every Native American was given the nickname "Chief," with Bender and Meyers no exception. Publicly, they stoically accepted the nickname; however, both felt it was a derogatory term and normally refrained from using it when signing autographs. In 1953 Bender became the first Native American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Meyers, too, might have joined him in Cooperstown if the length of his career had met the Hall's election requirement stipulating a minimum ten years of Major League service. Meyers only played nine full seasons, but finished his career with a .297 lifetime average, including a career high .358 in 1912. The reverse features a Culver Pictures stamp and the handwritten notation "Bender + Meyer." The photo (7 x 5 inches) displays a few very minor flaws including paper loss along three corners, light surface wrinkles, and adhesive residue on the reverse. Most of those flaws have been matted out and the photo now projects an overall Excellent appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 11 x 9 inches. Reserve 800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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